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December 2 | Promises

… The Lord himself will choose the sign. Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel—God is with us. Isaiah 7:14 (NLT)

These words were spoken through the prophet Isaiah approximately 700 years before Jesus Christ was born. It is one of many prophetic promises that were fulfilled on that first Christmas Day.

Promises are only as good as the person who gives them. Promises are appreciated when they are backed by a person’s integrity and power. We can count on promises only when the person making them has the resources to fulfill them and the reliability of character that assures us that they will stand behind their word.

When integrity and power undergird a person’s pledge, we have something secure to hold on to. Even before the promise comes to pass, we know that it is as good as done.

Christmas is all about God fulfilling His promises to people. When Jesus was born, God did what He had promised to do—send His Son into the world to show us His love and salvation. Because God fulfilled His promise in sending Jesus the first time, we can be sure that He will fulfill His promise that one day, Jesus will come again.

Christmas also reminds us that all of God’s promises are good and can be counted on. He is always faithful to His Word. God’s promises are backed by His integrity and power. He never lets His Word fail.

Pause and praise God for fulfilling His promise in sending Jesus Christ to earth as our Savior. Express your faith in God’s promise that Jesus is coming back again. Give Him thanks for all the good promises found in His Word that carry you through each day and every circumstance in your life.

Lord, how grateful we are that you fulfilled the many promises spoken through your prophets about the birth and ministry of your Son, Jesus Christ. Thank you for the integrity and power that backs every promise you make. Help us to continue to rest in, and receive the benefits of, the many wonderful promises in your Word. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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